An island of growth in a stagnant sea

Sep 14

The economic news on the Philippines the last few weeks has been good.  The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate for the first semester was an impressive 6.1 per cent, which put it in the top tier in Asia, while its “competiveness” leaped 10 notches, to the 65th  from the 75th  spot, out of 144 countries rated by the World Economic Forum.  Most other...

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We don’t need $100,000, Mr. Thomas; we need action on greenhouse gas emissions

Aug 13

This July was the hottest July in the United States ever since they started keeping records.  In India, the monsoon rains are long delayed, resulting in the country’s second drought in four years.  Triple digit temperatures in New Delhi and other cities have already provoked the worst power outages in the country’s history and the expected bad harvest is likely to...

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Philippine-style democracy on trial

Aug 04

In the coming week, two critical bills will move to center stage at the House of Representatives: the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) and the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.  The consideration of these two bills will test the mettle of Philippine-style democracy. Climax of RH debate? After 14 long years, the Reproductive Health Bill will finally be subjected to a...

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Will the Burma Road End in Democracy?

Jul 22

Most visitors to Myanmar these days, when the country is opening up, limit their trips to Yangon, better known in better times as Rangoon. They rarely make the five-hour trip to Naypyitaw, the site upcountry to which the ruling military regime has transferred the capital. As a parliamentary delegation from different Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...

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Another bright idea we cannot afford

Jul 12

(This article was co-written by Sabrina Gacad) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Washington-based Clean Technology Fund are poised to lend the Philippine government millions of dollars to fund the roll-out of 100,000 units of “energy effective electric vehicles” (EEEV), or alternative fuel vehicles, in the form of electric tricycles, or e-trikes, that will be...

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Why are Philippine funds being used to bail out irresponsible European banks?

Jun 25

The Philippine government’s decision to extend a $1 billion loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to supplement the Fund’s war chest of $456 billion to contain the economic crisis in Europe has been justified as assistance to countries in dire need of financial help. It will do no such thing. The IMF funds may be nominally earmarked for Greece, Spain, or...

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